A kick-off at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 22, will officially launch ‘Bernstein at 100’  the celebrations of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday which continue worldwide through the end of August 2019, featuring more than 1,000 events on six continents.

« Leonard Bernstein’s range of accomplishments was uniquely broad; in the new millennium, his legacy resonates more than ever, » the Bernstein Estate says.

‘Leonard Bernstein at 100’ will celebrate the career of this monumental artist by focusing on four pillars of Bernstein’s legacy: his work as a composer, conductor, educator and activist/humanitarian.

“‘Leonard Bernstein at 100’ will explore my father’s legacy from every angle – and that’s a lot of angles,” Jamie Bernstein said. “I’m thrilled to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect his multiple achievements to the 21st century, as well as introduce his legacy to new generations.”

Festive performances and events will take place in U.S. cities Bernstein held dear to his heart – New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D. C., Los Angeles, San Francisco – and in additional cities such as Austin, Atlanta, Houston, Tucson, and many others.

Leonard Bernstein
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Bernstein was a man of the globe, and so there will be major events in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Rome, Budapest, and Warsaw, as well as in Japan, China, India, Brazil, Australia, South Africa and Israel — and the list goes on.

Several documentary films are in the making, covering a broad range of topics in Bernstein’s life. His musicals will receive revivals throughout the world, including a worldwide tour of the acclaimed BB Promotion’s West Side Story; productions of Wonderful Town in Germany and Austria; and performances of Mass in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Glasgow, and Austin. Bernstein’s opera A Quiet Place will be presented in Vienna and Budapest, among other cities.

Exhibitions are planned in multiple cities. The Grammy Museum is preparing a major Leonard Bernstein exhibition – including artifacts from his composing studio (on loan from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music) – which will travel over two years to cities across the United States.

The Leonard Bernstein Collection in the Music Division of the Library of Congress, contains close to 400,000 letters, manuscripts, photographs, and more. Currently, about 1,400 items from the collection are available online, but the Library is in the process of digitizing thousands of additional items from the collection — including, for the first time, musical sketches — which will be added to the site and made widely available for researchers and scholars.

More inflation is available at this website: https://leonardbernstein.com/at100

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